Josie Adams

Josie Adams is a staff writer at The Spinoff. Email her on josie@thespinoff.co.nz

Science
Oct 18, 2019

Could an uber-moose take over Fiordland?

Ten moose were upended into the Dusky Sounds in 1910. Now, their descendants are getting their day in the sun.

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TVNZ
Oct 16, 2019

Kel Knight taught me to powerwalk: my night in the Have You Been Paying Attention audience

Josie Adams is in tonight's episode of Have You Been Paying Attention. Specifically, she is in the audience.

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Local Elections
Oct 14, 2019

10 questions with Dunedin's new Green Party mayor, Aaron Hawkins

Dunedin's new mayor Aaron Hawkins is, arguably, the first to represent the city's student population as much as its older residents. We asked him ten questions about his win.

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Local Elections
Oct 10, 2019

Chainsaw lessons with rates-slashing billboard idol Tina Nixon

Tina Nixon, Masterton mayoral candidate and chainsaw model, is leading one of the tightest campaigns rural NZ has seen. Josie Adams headed to the Wairarapa to meet her.

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Local Elections
Oct 8, 2019

Race briefing: Palmerston North, the election that’s so thrilling it’s a crime

In our final local elections race briefing of 2019, Josie Adams (who is lame) visits Palmerston North (which is cool).

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TVNZ
Oct 7, 2019

All your questions about Batwoman, answered

Josie Adams breaks down everything you need to know about Batwoman, the latest caped crusader to take on the batty burden of protecting Gotham. 

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Local Elections
Oct 4, 2019

Dunedin’s venomous election fight, assessed via the Spinoff Snake Rating

Dunedin's local election race has broken out into a symphony of front-stabbing, back-stabbing, and general mud-slinging. But then, doesn't a good politician need a bit of bite? Josie Adams consults …

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Top of the List
Oct 1, 2019

A guide to having the perfect Central Otago summer break

There’s so much more to Central Otago than ski slopes and luxury lodges. We’ve put together a list of all you need to know before you explore this stunning part of our backyard this summer this summer. 

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Media
Sep 25, 2019

Big strong media men bravely shout at teenager trying to save world

The big boys are here and they want to make it clear: they do not like young women yelling at them.

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Sports
Sep 20, 2019

Watch: a tarot card reading for the All Blacks’ first Rugby World Cup game

In this episode of our new tarot reading show Wild Card, The Spinoff's resident psychic divines the outcome of the All Blacks' opening match against the Springboks on Saturday.

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Science
Sep 19, 2019

Five of the most bizarre public submissions on the Zero Carbon Bill

We assess some of the more bizarre zero carbon bill submissions.

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Television
Sep 17, 2019

Netflix’s The Tall Girl offers hope to all conventionally attractive tall girls

New Netflix movie The Tall Girl was roundly mocked before it even came out. Josie Adams, a tall girl herself, reviews it.

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Local Elections
Sep 17, 2019

Race briefing: Dunedin, the left-wing utopia/drunken hellhole of the south

In our latest local elections 2019 race briefing (read the rest here), Josie Adams assesses the bastion of progressive virtue that is Dunedin/Ōtepoti.

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Chorus
Sep 16, 2019

The clothing label that’s built a bond with Kiwi women through online interaction

Napier-based women's clothing company KILT is a big brand with local charm. Josie Adams finds out how they've adapted their boutique strategy to work on a national level.

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Music
Sep 13, 2019

Kanye West was the hero we didn’t know we needed

On the 10th anniversary of the infamous “I’mma let you finish” episode, Josie Adams reflects on what this moment revealed about both Taylor Swift and Kanye West.

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Topsify
Sep 13, 2019

The zodiac signs as Charli XCX songs

Charli XCX has just released her latest album, Charli. The futuristic musician is always looking ahead, and so are her fans. We've paired each star sign with their perfect Charli XCX song.

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Local Elections
Sep 12, 2019

Race briefing: Great Barrier Island, home to the highest voter turnout in Auckland

In our latest local elections 2019 race briefing (read the rest here), Josie Adams looks at the battle to wrest control of the beautiful offshore outpost, Great Barrier Island/Aotea.

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Local Elections
Sep 6, 2019

Race briefing: the betrayals and back-stabbing behind the Invercargill election

In our latest local elections 2019 race briefing (read the rest here), Josie Adams looks at those who would dare oppose Tim Shadbolt’s record reign.

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Music
Sep 2, 2019

Review: The Others Way tells us something about the state of NZ music

The K Road festival, which turned five on Friday, has reached mainstream-level popularity without compromising its local acts focus.

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Society
Sep 2, 2019

Mass exodus warning as DHB psychologists escalate their strike

More than 600 psychologists in New Zealand have voted to continue the strike they began last month. Poor pay, long hours, and an institutional lack of respect are causing a mass exodus of psychologists out of public service.

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Food
Aug 26, 2019

A romantic candlelit dinner with 23 naked strangers

Josie Adams went along to the Naked Dinner and found it stimulated all the wrong hormones.

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Ātea
Aug 21, 2019

Stand up and be counted: Sons of Zion on te reo Māori and refusing to be tied down

After a decade of making music, Sons of Zion are still refusing to settle into a genre. They sit down to talk about the joys of pop music and te reo Māori, and why a “reggae” band can do both.

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Business
Aug 21, 2019

Phillip Mills is NZ’s greenest CEO. Why is he building a huge car park in downtown Auckland?

Les Mills Victoria Street has 12,000 members, and up to 700 visitors during its peak hours. But does it need a seven storey car park?

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Society
Aug 16, 2019

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #92: My new $400 Asus laptop

When Josie Adams broke her laptop she knew she’d never find love like that again. She reviews how its replacement stands up to everyday use, and the cosmic forces that seek to destroy her.

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Society
Aug 15, 2019

The dark side of horse racing

After the recent deaths of two horses following a Taumarunui jump race, sparks have once again flared between animal rights groups and the racing community.

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New World
Aug 8, 2019

It takes more than a month to save the planet

Plastic Free July is over, but Josie Adams is still fighting for the environment. After a month of minimising plastics, emissions and even recyclables, she reflects on what she’s learned.

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